winds for kiteboarding, a mash-up of
windsurfing and snowboarding that’s a
thrill to watch.
Boasting the most lakes in any U.S.
county, O;er Tail Lakes Country—
encompassing Fergus Falls, Pelican
Rapids, Perham, Wadena and 20 other
communities—is a hot spot for water
activities. Among the highlights are
seven beaches and O;er Tail Lake,
one of Minnesota’s 10 largest and
deepest lakes. Outfi;ers such as Lakes
Area Paddle Sports rent stand-up
paddleboards and kayaks.
You can literally dive into Granite
City history with a jump off rock
outcroppings into Melrose Deep
Seven, a favorite destination within
the 684-acre Quarry Park and Nature
Preserve in St. Cloud. Spring-fed
water stays extra-chilled thanks to the
depth in dozens of quarries. A second
swimming quarry is a more family-friendly option with a small beach and
The Mississippi River is also a
destination here, o;ering canoe and
kayak trips from the Beaver Islands and
smallmouth bass fishing.
Look for laughs and old-fashioned
family fun at New London’s Neer Park
in the Willmar Lakes area, where the
Li;le Crow Ski Team performs waterski
jumps and acrobatics on most weekends
throughout the summer. Just west of
town, you can camp and enjoy Andrew
Lake Beach at Sibley State Park or hang
out at the popular beach on Green Lake
in nearby Spicer.
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